British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

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    British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

    Post by Camo_fiend on Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:58 pm

    Upon receiving a British Army jacket last year, I was puzzled as to what the flash on the right shoulder was. I eventually found out what it was, but was surprised to know there are so many different flashes out there.

    So, for the convenience of everyone here, (especially the British militaria collectors) I researched and uploaded images of all known TRFs used by the British Army today. Some units such as SAS do not have TRFs.

    Note -- most of these were drawn in paint, since they are fairly simple. However; some of the more intricate flashes are super-sized images of that TRF that has been blown up from a thumbnail, so the resolution may not be perfect, but should provide a clear enough picture to help determine the identity of said TRF.

    The following units had no information available, meaning they either do not have a TRF, or a current TRF was not found at the time of this posting.

    Units without TRF: Royal Army Chaplains Corps, Army Physical Training Corps, Small Arms School Corps, Corps of Army Music, General Service Corps, Intelligence Corps, Army Air Corps (as a whole, excluding shown 9th Regiment TRF) and the SAS.

    This list is as complete as my own research could make it, but there are bound to be units I may have overlooked, and it is probably by no means 110% complete, so if you have or know of a TRF not listed here, by all means please add it! Smile

    Household Cavalry


    The Blues and Royals and The Life Guards

    Royal Armoured Corps -- Heavy Cavalry


    Queen's Dragoon Guards


    Royal Scots Dragoon Guards


    Royal Dragoon Guards

    Royal Armoured Corps -- Light Cavalry


    Queen's Royal Hussars


    9th/12th Lancers


    King's Royal Hussars


    Light Dragoons


    Queen's Royal Lancers

    The Royal Tank Regiment


    1st & 2nd Royal Tank Regt

    Royal Armoured Corps -- The Yeomanry

    Royal Yeomanry


    Queen's Own Yeomanry


    Royal Mercian & Lancastrian Yeomanry


    Royal Wessex Yeomanry

    Infantry -- Foot Guards


    Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards

    Infantry -- Line Infantry & Rifles

    Royal Regiment of Scotland


    Princess of Wales's Regiment


    Duke of Lancaster's Regiment


    Royal Regiment of Fusiliers


    1st Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment


    2nd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment


    3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment


    Yorkshire Regiment


    Royal Welsh


    Mercian Regiment


    Royal Irish


    1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment


    2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment


    3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment


    4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment


    Royal Ghurka Rifles


    The Rifles

    Support & Services


    Royal Artillery


    Royal Engineers


    Royal Signal Corps (this is a two-colour patch, white and blue, I simply forgot to do an outline)


    Royal Army Dental Corps


    Royal Army Medical Corps


    Royal Army Veterinary Corps


    Royal Logistic Corps


    Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers


    Adjutant General's Corps (SPS Branch shown for example, other flashes are issued for neccessary branch, ie. MPGS, ETS, ALS)


    Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

    Other Branches of the Armed Forces


    Royal Air Force


    Royal Navy

    Miscellaneous TRF's


    Pathfinder Platoon


    13 Air Assault Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps


    7 Air Assault Battalion, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers


    9th Regiment, Army Air Corps (again, another two-colour patch without an outline)


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    Re: British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

    Post by Grim Reaper on Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:03 am

    Hi Ben ref your mention of the SAS not having a TRF that might be true of 22 Regular but I know for a fact that 21 had one certainly for the recent deployment to Afghanistan, my nephew has one at my sisters house would you like me to get a photo of it for this section? Cool

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:03 pm

    Grim, if you have anything to add that was left out or undocumented, by all means feel free to submit it! Cool
    I had figured when I did this that despite all the info I could find, I was bound to forget a few. lol!


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    Post by Grim Reaper on Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:00 pm

    I think you've done a great job mate so no worries Ben, I was pleased to see The Rifles I love you in there I'll take a pic of the Royal Green Jackets Twisted Evil TRF too and the TA one I used more recently and then hopefully manage to get a pic of my nephews 21 SAS used TRF

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    Post by Camo_fiend on Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:38 pm

    The more TRFs the better, so it's all good! Cool


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    Post by Longshaor on Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:07 pm

    Is this list for TRFs, as distinct from DZ Flashes?

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    Post by Grim Reaper on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:12 am

    It has DZ flashes! Doesn't it? Smile

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    Post by Grim Reaper on Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:17 am

    I notice Ben that I promised a pic of my Nephews 21 SAS TRF well as of now I still haven't managed to get a pic of it, also he's back with sand between his toes.... Not returning till January. However looking through his pics I have the other day I'm sure I saw one on an arm of one of my nephews colleagues

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    Let's see if I can get this to work...

    Post by Longshaor on Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:13 am

    Yesterday it crashed my computer.

    16 Para Bn. Pathfinder Plt


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    Post by Longshaor on Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:21 am

    Right, now a few more...

    16 Para Bde



    5 Para Bde



    6th Field Force (worn on left sleeve by Paras, right by everyone else)


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    Re: British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

    Post by Tommo on Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:27 pm

    Longshaor wrote:Right, now a few more...

    16 Para Bde



    5 Para Bde



    6th Field Force (worn on left sleeve by Paras, right by everyone else)


    Top one looks more like Para RHQ.

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    Post by Tommo on Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:44 pm

    My Nephew's BRF DZ Flash:


    2nd (NC) Signal Brg


    16 (Lincoln) Company, Pathfinders (V)- left is the last issue one


    47 Middlesex Yeomanry, Sig Sqn later - later 305 Abn Sig sqn:


    16 Field Force (Non-Para):


    5th Infantry Brg - later 5AB:


    16 Heavy Drop Coy RAOC:


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    Post by Longshaor on Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:40 am

    44 Para Bde



    10 (County of London) Para



    15 (Scottish) Para



    17 Para Bn


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    Post by Tommo on Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:27 am

    Are they the Geogeodude ones?

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    Post by Longshaor on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:15 pm

    Are they the Geogeodude ones?

    Don't know who/what that is. These were e-mailed to me by a retired Ranger buddy for reference.

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    Post by Tommo on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:57 pm

    Its a bloke on ebay that sells DZ Flashes, and people claim they are copies... however if thes are Geogeodude flashes, they look pretty pucka.

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    Post by Gulf91 on Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:54 am

    Tommo wrote:Its a bloke on ebay that sells DZ Flashes, and people claim they are copies... however if thes are Geogeodude flashes, they look pretty pucka.

    He certainly has some amazing patches and cannot comment as to if they are originals or repros but i hope for the sake of his buyers that they are originals as some go for BIG money.

    Also,where on earth if they are originals does he get such a constant supply of them?

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    Re: British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

    Post by Paveway16 on Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:40 pm

    Couple of points (apologies if these have already been covered):

    1. In Airborne units they're DZ flashes, strictly speaking, rather than TRFs. (For example 7 (Para) RHA have a DZ flash which appears to be identical to the RA TRF, but is actually about 1/4" bigger. Units serving in 16 Air Assault Brigade wear a DZ flash which generally takes precedence over their parent unit's TRF, i.e 13 CSLR wear their Red/Black DZ flash rather than the standard RLC Flash.)

    2. This DZ Flash


    is the old RHQ Para one, recently replaced by one with a Black band on the right to represent 4 Para. It is used by members of the Parachute Regiment not currently serving in a Battalion or other part of 16 AA Bde, and therefore not entitled to wear their Bn DZ Flash. In reality most people wear the DZ flash of their previous Bn unless on RHQ posting, recruiting etc etc.

    3. This:

    Is 5 AB Bde; I believe it was originally 5 Inf Bde prior to becoming an Airborne formation, but was never a purely Parachute Brigade.

    4. Of these:

    the one on the right is genuine, the one on the left isn't. There is a dealer (maybe several) who claim these were the last issued DZ flashes for the Company; the 16 Coy DZ flash was never issued, but 'local purchase', that is ordered by the OC and paid for by the blokes. The one on the left, whilst manufactured using the BeVo technique (basically meaning it's woven I believe) and no doubt made by the same manufacturer as other current DZ flashes, is not how the 16 Coy ones were made. In living memory they were all printed, though I did see one which was 'appliqued' by being sewn together from separate bits of fabric.

    5. This:

    I believe is just a slight simplification of the 16 Coy Flash. It was an independent Volunteer 'Pathfinder Company' variously attached to 15 (SV) Para and then 4 (V) Para.

    Hope this is of use.

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    Post by riverwarrior on Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:40 am

    Thank's, looked up this sight as a reference.

    Some great flashes there.

    Glad to see the 16 Lincs Paras there too! Just to let you know the RAMC TRF is upside down and there is no 21 TRF.

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    Re: British Army "Tactical Recognition Flash" Guide

    Post by beakytzw on Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:06 pm

    Some brilliant Flashes there gents, I am hoping someone can help me Identify a Badge/Flash I saw on an image the other day which has me lost, is it Royal Artillery? The only other version I have seen had an RA Cap Badge with it?



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    Post by Gulf91 on Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:21 pm

    Not sure if its just the pic but it looks Red/Black,if so not RA I dont think as they were Red/Blue.

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    Post by beakytzw on Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:19 pm

    Gulf91 wrote:Not sure if its just the pic but it looks Red/Black,if so not RA I dont think as they were Red/Blue.

    Thanks Gulf91, I think it is red blue, just bad image quality as the photo was taken in the early 1940s. I cannot find any Flashes/Patches that are red black.

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